Vladimir Ivanov is a Nonresident Fellow with the Stimson Center. Based in Moscow, Russia, Ivanov leads programmatic activities aimed at promoting better understanding between Russia and other countries to avoid inadvertent conflict escalation and enhance policy alignment on issues of common concern. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Ivanov served as Director of the Russia and United States Program at the EastWest Institute (EWI) and Director of the EWI Moscow Office. In these capacities, he led recent U.S.-Russia non-governmental expert dialogues on military cooperation and strategic stability and coordinated Track 2 efforts in combatting terrorism and narcotrafficking, particularly in Afghanistan.
In the course of his 20-year career at EWI, Ivanov conducted research, development and project management on a wide spectrum of international security issues including WMD non-proliferation and arms control; market and public sector governance reforms in Russia; cross-border cooperation involving Russia’s close neighbors in Europe; international cyber security; and building public-private partnerships to counter international terrorism and organized crime. From 2006 to –2013, he facilitated Russia’s integration in the G8, G20 and APEC by helping international business and civil society leadership engagement.
Ivanov co-authored and contributed as researcher and editor to numerous policy papers and reports, including Toward the Common Good: Building a New U.S.-Russia Relationship (2001); Modernizing Municipal Finance of the Kaliningrad Oblast: Performance-based Approach and Regional Development (2007); Metal Fingerprint: Countering Illicit Trade in Precious Metals and Gemstones (2008); Iran’s Nuclear and Missile Potential: A Joint Threat Assessment by U.S. and Russian Technical Experts (2009); Working Towards Rules for Governing Cyber Conflicts: Rendering the Geneva and Hague Conventions in Cyberspace (2011); Afghan Narcotrafficking: A Joint Threat Assessment (2013); Afghan Narcotrafficking: A Joint Policy Assessment (2017); and Terrorism in Afghanistan: A Joint Threat Assessment (2020).
Ivanov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) Department of International Journalism in 1979 and also holds a PhD in history from MGIMO. He started his professional career as a professor of public relations at MGIMO, later becoming a journalist for Russki Telegraf and Vremya Novosti and a public relations manager for Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. and Sibirsky Aluminium Group in Moscow.
Ivanov is the author of many articles published in Russki Telegraf and Vremya Novosti on Russian economics. In addition to his native Russian, Vladimir is fluent in English and French.